January 27, 2010

Women's Basketball Tops Colgate 65-56

WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior forward Whitney Fremeau (Manchester, N.H.) tied her career-high of 18 points, also marking a new career-high with nine field goals made to lead her team to a 65-56 Patriot League victory against Colgate at the Hart Center. The Crusaders now hold a 6-15 record (2-4 Patriot League) while Colgate moves to 6-14 (1-5 Patriot League). Fremeau also led the team for the 10th time this season defensively, bringing down six rebounds.

Colgate nabbed a quick 4-0 lead to start the first half before a three-point shot by freshman Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a 5-4 edge at 17:25. Holy Cross went up by five points, 10-5, two minutes later before Colgate came back to tie the score at 12-12 with 12:34 on the clock. Five lead changes followed as the Raiders then took a one-point advantage, 17-16, at 11:20. The Crusaders rallied for a 7-0 run behind the team's third three-point shot made of the night from sophomore Meredith Ward (Westerly, R.I.), taking a six-point lead, 23-17, at the mid-way point of the half. The team would not relinquish its lead the rest of the first stanza, earning a 10-point advantage, 37-27, after senior Briana McFadden (Wheaton, Md.) sank two consecutive free throws in the final minute. The Crusaders would take an eight-point lead, 37-29, into the locker room. Fremeau would lead all scorers at the half with 10 points as Holy Cross shot 43 percent from the field. Colgate made nine of its 22 field goal attempts for a 41 percent field goal performance.

Holy Cross continued to pull away to begin the second half, mounting a 16-point lead of 47-31 at 15:53 after Ward and senior Christy Cushnie (Vienna, Va.) hit back-to-back three-point shots. Colgate would get within nine points three minutes later after outscoring Holy Cross 8-1. After going back up by 13 points, 54-41, at 9:55, the Raiders pulled within seven points on a 7-0 run to keep the game in reach. The Crusaders would never let up defensively, however, as Colgate would get no closer. Holy Cross came together for a 5-0 run to follow, earning back a double-digit advantage, 59-47, after Fremeau tacked on her third jump shot of the second half. Four consecutive free throws with under a minute to play guaranteed the Crusaders a home victory, topping Colgate by the final score of 65-56.   

Holy Cross had three players score in double-figure, including Fremeau's team-high of 18 points. Lepley returned to form, tallying 11 points and a season-high six steals. Ward mimicked her point total from the last time out, scoring 11 points and tying her career-high with three three-point shots made. Colgate was led by sophomore center Tricia Oakes who led her team with 15 points.

Holy Cross will play in its seventh Patriot League meeting of the season on Saturday, Jan. 30 against Lehigh. The road game will complete the January portion of the schedule beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa.